So why did prizes skyrocket? Progressive jackpot games and multi-state lotteries such as Mega Millions have their roots in the particular economic and cultural circumstances of the 1980s. As rising inequality fueled a spike in luxurious lifestyles amid an economic downturn, hopeful gamblers, eager to enter the exclusive world of the wealthy, turned to the unprecedented prizes offered by rollover jackpot games. Over time, state lottery commissions have catered to gamblers’ appetite for rising jackpots, offering ever-increasing prizes that promise to catapult winners into the highest reaches of an increasingly unequal economy.https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/10/19/how-s-excess-fueled-todays-mega-millions-mania/?fbclid=IwAR1VAoanmuCLaAuU7lcAh9YbGtBcoRd2n8iuUU_I81Vobg4_CSK4kFBfcbY&noredirect=on&utm_term=.7ad21a8195c0
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Founded in 2015, Citizens Against Expanding Gambling (CAEG) is the only organization exclusively dedicated to lobbying against the expansion of gambling in Wisconsin. We inform, equip and engage 1,000s in our statewide grassroots coalition of citizens, employers and community leaders who share a common concern about the explosion of gambling in Wisconsin. Join our coalition today by signing our petition here. We have successfully fought back the legalization of Daily Fantasy Sports (the entrée to online gambling) in 2016 and 2017.
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